12 Crafty Ways To Use A Bar Of Soap In Every Room Of Your House

If you grew up in a house like mine, you probably had the same three things in the shower as me: shampoo, conditioner, and a bar of soap.

Before our list of bathroom must-haves got really complicated, we relied on that little bar to keep clean. And it did the job really well.

While people aren’t buying these useful little bricks as much as they used to, they really should.

As it turns out, soap isn’t just for the shower. There are all kinds of clever uses for this bathroom staple, in every room of your house.

No one likes finding creepy crawlies in their home, and soap keeps almost all of them away.

  • A soap bar (wrapped in thin fabric, to avoid leaving a stain) will keep mice and moths away from any room.
  • Soapy water is a simple but effective natural bug repellent for your garden. Just spray a little on the leaves of your plants.
  • Hanging bars of soap along your property line will keep larger critters, like deer, away from your plants too.

Every stain requires a slightly different approach, but soap is one of the few ingredients that helps clean them all.

Rub the bar over a stain before you treat or wash it. Be sure to follow our handy stain guide if you’re not sure which product cleans which.

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If a pair of old, tight, leather shoes are pinching your feet, a bar of soap can give you relief in a surprising way.

Rub the soap inside the shoe, this will soften up the material but won’t damage the shoe or mark it. Your foot should slip in with ease and feel much comfier.

It’s so predictable: no matter how much painter’s tape you use, you’re bound to leave marks on a doorknob, or the adjoining wall, or somewhere else in the room.

If you rub those surfaces with a bar of soap – along the corners, on door frames, metal fixtures – any paint that bleeds on can be washed off very easily, leaving no marks behind.

This Easy Homemade Mixture Is The Only Tub And Shower Cleaner You’ll Ever Need

I love my bathroom. Now that I think about it, it might actually be one of my favorite places in the house.

It’s the room I spend the most time in every morning when getting ready to start my day, and at the end of the day, it’s where I head to for a bath to relax and gather my thoughts.

This is why it is really important to me that the bathroom is always clean and organized. Having a clean bathroom is a great feeling, so I’ve made it a habit to wipe down the sink and other areas multiple times a week. Then once a week, I’ll take the time to properly wash these surfaces, including the shower, tub and toilet, with cleaners and disinfectants.

As we’re all aware, there are a lot of harmful germs that lurk in the bathroom, like the staphylococcus aureus “staph” bacteria, which includes the antibiotic resistant MRSA strain. The last thing anyone would want is to get infected by these nasty pathogens, so it’s crucial to keep the bathroom, especially the shower area, spic and span.


While store-bought cleaning products will get the job done, they’re not necessarily the best for your skin or respiratory system. The chemicals in certain cleaners have terrible long-term effects on your health. In fact, a recent study published in the American Thoracic Society’s American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine says there is a strong correlation between deteriorating lung function and cleaning products. Apparently, those who regularly used cleaning products had lungs comparable to someone who smoked 20 cigarettes a day for decades.

After reading about this, I set out to find an alternative to the harsh products I’ve been using to clean my bathroom. It took a lot of digging around, but it looks like there is one do-it-yourself solution that many people have been swearing by.

I recently gave it a try, and I can definitely see why it is so popular. Not only is it easy to make, it works wonders when it comes to removing soap stains and scum from the tub and shower tiles.

The best part? You probably have everything you need to make this concoction in your pantry.

The Best Gardeners Have Already Started, Here’s What They’re Doing

Don’t let that last hint of winter fool you: as far as we’re concerned, spring is here.

If you’re the kind of gardener who waits for stories about “planting season” or big sales at the garden center to start work, you’re already falling behind.

Even before your yard is ready for new plants, you should be seed starting indoors. Then, mature plants can be moved into your garden when they’re ready.

If you haven’t tried seed starting your garden plants before, it can sound intimidating. But the extra work will actually save you time and money in the long run.

First of all, buying seed packets from your garden center is cheaper than mature plants, and there are usually more varieties available too.

Old World Garden Farms

While you’ll need to invest in some extra equipment – like grow lights, indoor seeding soil, and seed planters – they will pay for themselves over time.

If you live in a part of the country with a short growing window, seed starting really pays of. You can squeeze in more crops of vegetables, or enjoy more time with lovely flowers.

But seed starting will also take up space inside your home. Although, a compact planter and light setup can fit easily in a garage, spare room, or your kitchen.

If you’re ready to try seed starting for yourself, we have some helpful tips to get started.

This Homemade Oven Cleaner Is Better Than Name Brand Ones, And You Already Have The Ingredients

Have you already started thinking about spring cleaning? Are you feeling the daunting task of picking up all the supplies you need to get your home spic and span for the nicer weather? It can really put a strain on the budget when you think of everything you will need.

It’s time to forget about all the expensive store-bought cleaners that are full of chemicals. Instead take advantage of a more natural approach by creating your own cleaners for a fraction of the cost.

While it may sound like a lot of work to make your own cleaners, it’s actually a lot simpler than you think. Most products can be put together with a few kitchen items into a spray bottle that you can grab from the dollar store and reuse over again.

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You can make a window cleaner from white vinegar, rubbing alcohol, and water instead of spending several dollars on a bottle of Windex. Get your bathroom clean as a whistle without the toxic chemicals too. With the help of baking soda, liquid soap, water, and white vinegar it will be cleaner than you can ever imagine.

But what about the really tough jobs? Surely you need to bring out the hard chemicals to clean that baked-on food that’s hiding inside of your oven.

Not even close.

10 Unusual Uses for Coca-Cola That You Never Knew About

Coca-Cola may be the world’s favorite sugary beverage. But what many don’t know is that it’s good for so much more than just a boost of caffeine. Here are 10 uses for Coca Cola which will have you stockpiling bottles in every room.

1. Pest Killer

Coca-Cola is known to kill slug, snails and other small pests. While the sugar attracts them, the acid in the liquid quickly proves fatal to them. This use for Coke is so popular that some farmers in India spray their farms with it instead of regular pesticides.

2. Toilet Bowl Cleaner

The use of Coca-Cola as a toilet bowl cleaner has been an open secret for years. Do you have a dirty toilet? Just pour a can of Coke in the bowl, let it sit for an hour or so and flush to reveal a surprisingly sparkling toilet.

3. Gum Remover

Getting gum stuck in your hair is one of the most unpleasant experiences you can have. Many of us could have avoided an unfortunate haircut if we knew Coke was a solve-all solution.

To free yourself from this sticky situation, make sure the drink is cold and then pour it in the affected parts of your hair. The acid will neutralize the chewing gum, making it easy for you to simply extract it from your head.

4. Coca-Cola Wings

Coca-Cola wings are a popular delicacy in China. In fact, so many people love this recipe that it’s been given the stamp of approval by the drink-makers themselves. Preparing them involves mixing Coke with ingredients like brown sugar, onions and garlic. You can find the recipe for it here, on the company’s website.

15 Uses For Toothpaste That Have Nothing To Do With Your Teeth

Everyone likes a nice smile, but did you ever think that the toothpaste you use to keep your teeth healthy can be useful around your home too?

From cleaning, to stain removal and dealing with pimples and bites, toothpaste has more uses than just cleaning your mouth.

How many have you tried before?

Have your leather shoes seen better days? Bring them back to life with a some help from toothpaste. Just add a little toothpaste on the scuffs of your shoes and rub with a soft cloth. The scuffs will disappear after you wipe them clean.

Get the gunk off the bottom of your clothes iron with the help of the non-abrasive nature of toothpaste. Just apply the toothpaste to your cool iron, scrub with a rag and then rinse clean.

Has the sparkle diminished from your ring? Clean it up in a jiff with a little toothpaste on an old toothbrush. Once you’re done scrubbing, just remove the residue with a damp cloth. This is so much easier than going to the jewelry store or paying for an expensive cleaner.

Nothing ruins a great outdoor experience than being covered in itchy bug bites. Stop those pesky bites from bothering you by adding a drop of toothpaste to the effected area to cure the annoying itch. This will also help to cool down the irritated part of your skin.

Have you been chopping garlic and now no matter how many times you wash your hand the odor remains? Toothpaste can actually help. The ingredients found in toothpaste are able to deodorize your mouth, so the same effect can happen to your hands. Minty fresh!

Did a pimple pop up just before you have that big staff meeting at work? Dab a little non-gel, non-whitening toothpaste to the effected area and it will be dried up by morning. The toothpaste dehydrates the pimple and absorb the oils so that it disappears quicker.

After a while, baby bottles take on the smell of sour-milk. Believe it or not, toothpaste can take care of that! Just add a dab of toothpaste to the end of your bottle brush and scrub the inside of your bottles. After a good rinse, they will be like new again!

They Bought A Rusty Trailer For $7,000, Now It’s A Gorgeous Tiny Home

Giving up your home to live in a 1972 Aistream Overlander trailer isn’t for everyone, but Gabi and Brandon Fox aren’t exactly a typical couple.

The pair roam the Pacific Northwest working as wedding photographers, and they travel in style in their aluminium trailer, which they renovated themselves.

The Foxes Photography

The project started back in 2015, when the couple picked up the trailer for just $6,500. With a little over $13,000 spent on renovations, the entire cost of their tiny home was around $20,000.

The Foxes Photography
How the trailer looked when the couple bought it.The Foxes Photography

But it took a lot of elbow grease to turn the Airstream from a rusty mess to a genuine tiny home.

The trailer was rusty, and rats had been eating the insulation.The Foxes Photography

The couple say they learned how to do plumbing and electrical work from online articles, YouTube videos, and “a lot of trial and error.”

Brandon assembles the plumbing.The Foxes Photography
The Foxes Photography

The trailer’s design itself (which was also done by Gabi and Brandon) includes all the amenities of a regular home, and lots of storage space to make up for the cramped quarters.

The Foxes Photography

I never thought I would say this, but after seeing the finished product I’d gladly swap my home for theirs.

Check out These Cutting Board Hacks! Not Just for Cutting Veggies!

Do you have some extra cutting boards sitting in your cupboard that you don’t seem to use anymore? Well, if so, here are some awesome hacks you need to check out! Bring a new life to your old cutting board with these tiny DIY add ons!

  • 1 cutting board
  • 2 pieces of wood
  • sandpaper
  • pencil
  • gorilla glue
  1. Measure the width of your sofas arm rest.
  2. Get 2 cutting boards in the shape/size you like that is already finished from your local dollar store. You could also use an old cutting board you already have at home.
  3. Cut one of the boards in half width wise.
  4. Use your sandpaper to smooth the edges of all wood pieces.
  5. Place the top board face down, and mark the measured width of your arm rest centred on the cutting board width wise.
  6. Using a liberal amount, apply glue to the inside cut edges of the cut cutting board and place on the outside of your marked lines. Placing on the outside of the marked lines allows for the full width of the armrest to fit snugly between both boards.
  7. The glue will dry within one minute, however, it is best to allow the glue to fully dry in this position overnight.
  8. Paint and decorate as you wish!
  • cutting board
  • 2 drawer handles
  • screws
  1. Place cutting board with the face side up.
  2. Align handle on the centre the width end, about 1 inch inward. Repeat on other side. Mark the screw holes lightly with a pencil.
  3. Remove handle and create light drill holes in the marked spots.
  4. Place the handle back and attach with screws.
  5. VOILA! You now have your very own DIY serving tray!
  • plastic cutting board
  • hot glue gun
  1. Select your size of cutting board, and using your hot glue gun create different shaped designs in lines all the way down the board.
  2. Allow glue to dry and harden.
  3. Using lukewarm water and soap, dip your makeup brushes into the water and then slide up and down against the cutting board to loosen, remove, and wash your brushes from leftover makeup.

Cold and Flu Season Is Here! Make Sure You’re Prepared!

The dreaded cold season is upon us….

If you’re anything like me, the thought of using chemicals after chemicals just to get some relief from cold symptoms doesn’t sound like the greatest thing. That’s why this year I did some research and was able to find recipes for all natural homemade cold remedies that actually work! Give them a shot, you’ll be happy you did!

  • 2 cups chopped fresh pineapple with core intact.
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • ½ tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 Tbsp fresh ginger chopped
  • Juice from 1 lemon
  1. Place all ingredients into a blender and blend into a smooth mixture.
  2. Keep in fridge and use as needed.
  • ¾ cup of honey
  • ¾ cup of boiling water
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • 1 chamomile tea bag
  • 1 peppermint tea bag
  1. Steep tea bags, cinnamon, and ginger in boiling water for 10 mins.
  2. Remove tea bags and pour into small saucepan.
  3. Add honey and heat mixture over medium heat until it begins to boil.
  4. Using a candy thermometer, boil mixture until it reaches 300 degrees.
  5. Remove from heat and allow mixture to cool for 5-10 minutes, or until it gets a syrupy texture.
  6. Drop small spoonfuls of mixture onto parchment paper and allow to cool completely.
  • Bowl of hot water
  • Kleenex
  1. Hold your head over the bowl of water and take deep breaths in and out through your nose for about 10 min.
  2. Blow your nose.
  • 8oz of water
  • Herbal tea
  • Honey
  • Lemon
  • Crystalized ginger
  • Turmeric
  1. Add honey to the bottom of mug.
  2. Steep tea and once hot and ready pour into mug.
  3. Add a pinch of turmeric, and squeeze the juice of 1 lemon wedge.
  4. Drop a couple pieces of crystalized ginger in the bottom of the mug.
  • ½ cup coconut oil
  • ¼ cup Shea butter
  • 2 Tbsp beeswax
  • Eucalptus Oil
  • Peppermint Oil
  • Lavender Oil
  • Rosemary Oil
  • Tea tree Oil
  1. Add coconut oil and shea butter to a saucepan and place on low heat to allow to melt.
  2. Once melted add in the beeswax and allow that melt down to a liquid.
  3. Add in essential oils and then transfer to a jar and allow to cool.
  • 1 cup coconut oil
  • 1 cup almond oil
  • 2 oz dried lavendar
  • 2 oz beeswax
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • 2 Tbsp witch hazel
  • Lavender essential oil
  1. Preheat oven to 170 degress
  2. Add coconut oil, almond oil, and lavender to a oven safe dish and place in the oven for 6 hours.
  3. Strain the mixture into a saucepan to remove the dried lavender.
  4. Place saucepan over medium heat and add honey, stirring until completely dissolved.
  5. Add beeswax and allow to melt completely.
  6. Remove mixture from heat, allow to cool and then add in witch hazel and essential oils.
  7. Pour mixture into container and allow to cool to room temperature.

30 Genius Uses For Baking Soda (Besides Baking)

It’s white, it’s absorbent, and it probably sits in your cupboard all year because you have no idea what to do with it. Yes, baking soda is a kitchen staple that almost never lives up to its potential.

It’s great for almost everything, because it’s completely natural and cleans really well.

Start getting the most out of your baking soda with these 30 helpful tips:

1. Make a face scrub


Remember this recipe, because we’ll use it a lot: three parts baking soda and one part water makes a paste that’s easy to spread around. Rub it on your face and rinse it off for a cheap but handy exfoliator.

2. Clean your drains

Bren Did

Pour some baking soda in your drain and then chase it with a dash of vinegar. Put the stopper on quickly and the frothy mixture will scrub the gunk out of your drain by itself.

3. Wipe away burnt-on food


If you have a serving dish with scorched food stuck to it, soak it in soapy water with a few sprinkles of baking soda. A soft rag should wipe off the food afterwards.

You can also rescue a pan with burnt food. Simmer water inside it with baking soda. After a few minutes, the food will scrape off easily.

4. Freshen your litter box


Before you add litter to your cat’s box, pour in a layer of baking soda. As your pet uses the box they turn up the litter, so the baking soda will keep it fresher for longer.

5. Eliminate carpet stains

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Every spill is a little different, but baking soda works well on almost all of them. Just blot out the stain, pour on some baking soda, and vacuum it up after a few minutes. The carpet should be good as new.

6. Clean Jacuzzi jets

If your tub has these pulsing water jets, you know they can get stinky after a while. To clean them, fill the tub until the water is just above the jets. Pour in two cups of baking soda and run the jets for 10 minutes.

Then, drain the water and refill the tub. Now run the jets for another 10 minutes and they should be much nicer.

7. Freshen your fridge

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This is one of the most common uses for baking soda, but some people still don’t know about it. A small container in your fridge will keep it from getting stinky. If you buy bulk sizes, filling a mason jar or cup with the powder will also do the trick.

8. Polish silverware

Tongue in Cheek

For this trick, line a baking dish with aluminium foil. Add 1 tablespoon of baking soda, then slowly add a 1/2 cup of white vinegar and 1 cup of boiling water.

Place your silverware in the dish and the gunk should start coming off right away. Make sure you only leave your pieces in for about 30 seconds, unless they’re seriously dirty.

9. Make toothpaste

Durable Health

Some people prefer baking soda toothpaste to the store-bought version, because it uses less chemicals. You can find a recipe here. Even sprinkling a little powder on your regular toothpaste will help it whiten your teeth.

10. Make natural deodorant

In Sonnet’s Kitchen

If you hate the sticky, gooey feeling of deodorant, dusting your underarms with baking soda will also keep them smelling fresh. Or, make your own deodorant using the powder.

11. Erase marks on your walls

The Happy Housewife

Sprinkle some baking soda on a damp sponge and rub the messiest parts of your walls. Wipe with a soft cloth and the marks should be gone.

12. Keep your septic tank regular

From Faye

Flushing a cup of baking soda once a week will help keep the pH balance in your tank at a good level.

13. Fight grease fires


If there’s a fire in your home you should call the fire department, but baking soda can handle some small grease fires.

Turn off the gas or electricity (if it’s safe to do so), stand back from the flames, and throw handfuls of baking soda at the fire.

14. Freshen your carpet

NC Cleaning Tips

Sprinkle a little bit of baking soda on your carpets, let it sit for 15 minutes, and then vacuum it up. The powder will take any nasty odors away with it.

Try mixing in a little cinnamon to add a pleasant aroma.

15. Keep garbage or recycling smelling nice

Helping Australia

When you replace your bin liner, sprinkle a little baking soda into the bottom of the bag, to neutralize your kitchen’s worst odors.

KFC Cocktails Are Now A Thing, And The Key Ingredient Is Gravy

Get ready to treat your taste buds, because KFC has announced it’s launching three cocktails made with its iconic gravy.

Previously known for its marketing campaigns including a KFC smartphone, a streetwear collection, and fried chicken scented bath bombs, KFC has upped its game by creating the “stocktail” – a one-of-a-kind beverage that is sure to get everyone talking.

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Stocktails have recently become popular at bars and pubs, based on its unique flavor.

“Bartenders are stirring and shaking animal stock and bone broth into cocktails served warm and chilled to add a new savory element to seasonal drinking,”  Liquor.com said about the trendy new drink.

Marion Racine, marketing manager at KFC UK & Ireland told The Independent the company’s gravy is the best sauce to use in this new fad.

“Our fans repeatedly express their love for our gravy, which always sparks ideas within the team. We know our gravy is good enough to drink – so with stocktails being a real hit at the moment, what better ingredient to take them to the next level?” Racine said.

Patrick, a professional mixologist agreed, and said the key to perfecting the stocktail rested in finding flavors that complimented the gravy.

“When KFC came to me with the idea of creating genuine gravy cocktails, based on the growing trend of stocktails, I just couldn’t resist. The key was to find flavors and ingredients which perfectly complimented the distinctive taste of KFC gravy,” Patrick said. “For example, the Kentucky bourbon in The Southern Twist brings mellow, sweet spice notes to stand up against the savory gravy. The herbal note of parsley on the rim brightens the sip with the brown sugar softening the kick of bourbon and uniting the flavors.”

As the fast food joint doesn’t have a liquor license, you’ll have to make these drinks at home. But don’t worry, making these stocktails are easier than you think.

Keep Your Hands Toasty Warm This Winter with These 3 Step Hand Warmers!

With so many outdoor winter activities it’s hard to not participate in them, but it’s even harder to participate when all you can concentrate on is how cold your hands are! Not anymore! With these 3 step hand warmers you’ll be able to enjoy all the fun winter has to offer, all while ensuring your hands are kept warm and toasty.

  • Old pair of flannel pajamas
  • Needle and thread
  • Rice
  • Essential oils
  1. Trace the shape and size desired,. Cut leaving approximately ½ inch of extra material outside the pattern and trim later.
  2. Sew around the chosen pattern, on the line, leaving approximately 2-3 inches open.
  3. In a small bowl, add your desired amount of rice to fill your bag size, leaving enough room for your rice to move around freely. Add a few drops of your favorite Essential Oil and stir. (Lavender is great to help induce relaxation)Using a funnel, pour the rice into the sewn packet.
  4. Sew the opening closed and you’re DONE!

Place the bag in the microwave for 30-60 seconds, depending on the size chosen. Cuddle up on the couch or put them inside those shoes or mittens before heading out into the cold.

The Sears Catalog Once Sold Complete Homes, 100 Years Later They’re Collector’s Items

While they may not be around much longer, the Sears department store chain has a long and interesting history in America.

Their famous catalog changed shopping forever by allowing rural citizens to “window shop” from the comfort of their living rooms. The huge books were once so common that people used the pages as toilet paper.  

And while the catalog contained thousands of items for the home, it also sold actual homes.

The Sears home catalog.Wikimedia

Between 1908 and 1940, Sears and Roebuck sold 70,000 build-it-yourself home plans to Americans across the country, from the East Coast to California and even Alaska. Shoppers would request a copy of the store’s separate Honor Bilt Modern Homes Catalog, which included dozens of designs to pick from.

Once the home of your choice was ordered, home-building materials would be shipped by train to the nearest freight depot in a pair of boxcars. Most designs included at least 25 tons of materials and 30,000 parts.

Sears Archive

New owners either recruited their friends and family to help build the home, or hired a team of contractors to do the work for them. New innovations like precut timber and step-by-step instructions made it as easy as assembling a giant Ikea house.

A surviving Sears kit home.Realtor.com

And while Sears eventually stopped making their unique homes, demand for these architectural oddities is still high, and some Sears homes are actually rare collector’s items.

She Built Her Own Tiny Home With Her Bare Hands, And Just Wait Until You See Inside

Most 27-year-old college grads would be happy to own a home, but Kahla McRoberts went a step further and built her dream home by hand.

The project started just 11 months ago, when Kahla and her mother Roxanne borrowed a pickup truck to haul a 20-foot trailer back to their house in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. That trailer would become the foundation for a tiny home that McRoberts built from scratch.

Kahla McRoberts

She was attracted to the massive project by the possibility of living rent-free with almost no debt. Plus, owning her own tiny house made it much cheaper to settle down in Colorado, where part-time ski instructor McRoberts feels at home in the mountains.

“I just feel better when I don’t have a ton of stuff” she explains.

But despite describing herself as “a huge ‘project person'” to Lancaster Online, building a home from the ground up was a much tougher job that she ever expected.

Kahla McRoberts
Kahla McRoberts

With help from her architect dad Eric, McRoberts spent two years designing her perfect tiny home, and had to go back to the drawing board multiple times. Then, unexpectedly heavy snowfall delayed the project for months.

Kahla McRoberts

But after less than a year the tiny home is finished, and we’d happily switch places with McRoberts if we had the chance.

10 Things You’re Using In Your Home That Are Probably PastTheir Expiry Date

Food expiration dates are well-known and often followed to the extreme. You would be hard pressed to find someone totally fine with eating expired meats, dairy, or bread products. So why don’t we follow the same practices when it comes to the other items in our house with expiry dates?

It’s probably because these expiration dates aren’t as publicized, but that doesn’t mean they’re not important to know.

The leading cause of fires in homes is power strips. Most people are unaware that they should be replaced every 4 or 5 years. If you feel the strip get hot to the touch, immediately replace it. Same goes if you see it’s discolored.

Business Insider

You would think that something you use to clean yourself would always be clean itself, but you would be wrong. Loofahs, or shower scrubs, live in damp environments which are conducive to mold and fungus growing. They should be replaced every six months, and boiled in hot water to kill any bacteria.

Backpacking Mastery

After two years, the chemicals in bug spray are rendered ineffective. Make sure you’re spraying your family with something that can keep those critters (and all their diseases) away!

The Girls Stuff

We all have a bottle of this somewhere in the house. But did you know that after you open it, it’s only good for six months? An unopened bottle can last for up to three years. If you’re unsure about your bottle, pour some in the sink. If it fizzes and bubbles, it’s still good. Expired hydrogen peroxide can be ineffective and even harmful.

10 Things You’re Using In Your Home That Are Probably Past Their Expiry Date

Food expiration dates are well-known and often followed to the extreme. You would be hard pressed to find someone totally fine with eating expired meats, dairy, or bread products. So why don’t we follow the same practices when it comes to the other items in our house with expiry dates?

It’s probably because these expiration dates aren’t as publicized, but that doesn’t mean they’re not important to know.

The leading cause of fires in homes is power strips. Most people are unaware that they should be replaced every 4 or 5 years. If you feel the strip get hot to the touch, immediately replace it. Same goes if you see it’s discolored.

Business Insider

You would think that something you use to clean yourself would always be clean itself, but you would be wrong. Loofahs, or shower scrubs, live in damp environments which are conducive to mold and fungus growing. They should be replaced every six months, and boiled in hot water to kill any bacteria.

Backpacking Mastery

After two years, the chemicals in bug spray are rendered ineffective. Make sure you’re spraying your family with something that can keep those critters (and all their diseases) away!

The Girls Stuff

We all have a bottle of this somewhere in the house. But did you know that after you open it, it’s only good for six months? An unopened bottle can last for up to three years. If you’re unsure about your bottle, pour some in the sink. If it fizzes and bubbles, it’s still good. Expired hydrogen peroxide can be ineffective and even harmful.

8 Homemade Decorations For You To Deck The Halls With This Christmas

It’s the holiday season, and Santa Claus has a toy for every good girl and good little boy, but that doesn’t mean you can’t try your hand at crafting your own great big bundles of joy!

Much of the happiness we get from this time of year comes from spending time with our families, and adding to our ornament collections. Easily the best parts of Christmas are dressing the tree, decking the halls, and pulling out all the nostalgic items we remember from childhood.

Over time, we may lose or break most of our favorite ornaments, but that doesn’t mean we can’t make more year after year!

Here are a ton of ideas for really creative homemade decorations that you and your close ones can make for the holidays this year!

These are fantastic way to spruce up the house, and even make a great replacement for an actual tree! Less mess to clean up and instead of going through the whole trouble of chopping down a pine tree and dragging it needles-and-all through the house, you can pick up all the articles at your local thrift shop or department store!

Want to bring the winter wonderland onto the dining room table? Find some old see-through salt shakers lying around the house or from the dollar store and adding toy evergreens inside the glass bottles. Be on the look-out for reindeer, snowmen, and even jolly Saint Nick’s that you can add to a Christmas collection that is worth its salt!

Another low-mess option to a real tree or expensive aluminum tree, these can be made of recycled wooden pallets used for shipping. After that, all you need is some buckets of paint and your imagination!

Don’t stop with green, either! Grab every color you can get your hands on and paint on your favorite ornaments, bulbs, stars, and then add some lights to get the whole effect. Make sure that the wood you grab is either clean or gets a proper scrubbing before touching it too much!

For a holiday already so saturated with treats, candy, and sugar already, it is understandable that we don’t always want our children (or ourselves) to binge out on chocolate the whole month through. What many people have decided to do is start making their own advent calendars that they can fill with whatever they want!

Some good ideas are small toys, non-perishable (healthy) food items, and handwritten notes with words of love are a great gift to give day after day!

You can even skip the box part! Just get some brown envelopes and hang them with strings and clothespins!

Beautiful Homemade Ornaments for Your Tree!

What comes to mind when you think of the Christmas holiday? For me, it’s family. That’s why this year I’ve decided to make my very own family inspired Christmas ornaments to hang on my tree. All you need is a couple things from the dollar store, your favorite family photos, and there you have it – beautiful Christmas decor for all to see!

  • round distressed wood disc ornaments
  • twine
  • mod podge
  • foam brush
  • scissors
  • printed photos
  • pencil

1. Start by printing out the photos you would like to use for your ornaments.

2. Take your wood disc ornament, and using a pencil place your disc on top of your photo and trace out the size of photo your will need.

3. Once your photo is traced, use your scissors to cut out the image.

4. Use your foam brush to apply a this layer of mod podge to your disc ornament, and then carefully place your photo on top and press down lightly to secure. Set aside to dry.

5. Once your ornament has dried with your photo on it, apply another layer of mod podge on top to seal it and then set aside to dry.

6. Attach a hook using your twine if need be, and then find a beautiful spot to hang on your tree.

11 DIY Decorations You’ll Be Thankful For This Holiday Season

The holiday season is upon us in full force and color, and it’s about time to get the house ready for the family and friends you are expecting for Thanksgiving dinner!

The world outside has already begun feeling a little colder and the colors are changing more and more with every passing day, so we think it is time for you to take a page from mother nature’s handbook and get started on dressing up your living space!

If you are looking for new ways to make your home feel a little more spirited this autumn season, then look no further than these cool DIY hacks that add warmth on a budget!

If you want to really bring the light into your home, then this is a really fun and simple way to add some festivity to your dining room table. Just scoop the top off of an apple and add a tea light for some fruity, fall furnishings!

This is a fantastic way to dress up anyone’s table, whether you have a tablecloth or not. Burlap runners are easily purchased on the cheap and with a few strokes of paint, you’ll find your crafting skills in hot demand!

A super awesome craft idea that you and your family can try begins with collecting a bundle of sticks and twigs and placing them in a vase in your home. Everyone can then make little leaf-notes of things they are thankful for in their lives. Definitely give this one a try!

This one is perfect for kids who love to collect the best leaves from outside! Put their findings to use with some produce from the grocery store, and with a few paper cut-outs you’ll have another turkey-lurkey for the dinner table!

Who says bling has to be expensive? Give yourself a golden treat to decorate your kitchenware with this metallic paint! It’s a really great way to spend an afternoon on these colder fall days, and it gives you something shiny to illuminate your home! Especially if you were wondering what you were going to do with all those pumpkins after Halloween.

What makes this decoration so amazing is how easy they are to make! Take your small glass candle holders and then head outside to collect as many beautiful colored leaves as you can!

When you come back inside, grab some hot chocolate and spray glue and get designing! You can match leaves and colors like the picture above, or you can mix them up for some stunning presentations!

Add a Splash of Color to Your Walls with DIY Gold Plantlife Canvas’s

If you’re looking for a way to add some art to your walls but don’t want to spend a fortune, look no further. DIY gold plantlife canvas’s can add that little touch of glamour and color to your walls without breaking the bank.

Get creative because there is no one way to do this, let your imagine take the lead and create your own masterpiece!

  • 4 (4×4) white canvas
  • 4 different acrylic paints
  • 1 can of gold spray paint
  • 1 can spray adhesive
  • 4 different plant life leaves
  1. Paint each canvas a different color and allow to dry.
  2. Spray whatever plants you chose with adhesive spray and stick into canvas.
  3. Now spray the entire canvas with gold spray paint.
  4. Peel off plants and allow canvas to dry completely.